Wednesday, September 1, 2010

the unofficial start of fall?

Above, "The Big Kahuna Burger," one of three Pulp Fiction-inspired artworks by Lonesome Road Studio.
September 1st, and many are calling this "the first unofficial day of fall." And, this weekend is Labor Day weekend in the United States, so grills will be up in smoke at least one more time before the snow falls. (Or, if you're on the Lonesome Road, you put on your coveralls, fire up the torpedo heater and grill anyway.)

An easy-going, casual holiday like Labor Day is best served with a low-key, fun menu and tops on the list is burgers. There's a burger to please everyone's taste: beef, buffalo, lamb, turkey, chicken, black bean, veggie, a huge portabella cap... the list is endless. And maybe more endless than the list of burgers themselves is the toppings that you can put on them. Want a Greek burger? Just crumble a bit of feta cheese, add fresh spinach leaves, tomato and onion and top with tzatziki sauce. How about an old-fashioned bacon barbecue burger? Have a pizza burger with mozzarella and provolone cheese plus marinara sauce, maybe sauteed mushrooms and pepperoni slices... or a Mexican burger with salsa, avocado, sour cream, jalapenos and olives.

If you think those are creative ideas, check out some of the ideas at Chicago's Kuma's Corner, one of the most heralded repositories of insanely inventive burger dining in the area:
  • The "Judas Priest" - with bacon, bleu cheese dressing with apples, walnuts, and dried cranberries
  • The "Slayer" - French fries topped with a ½ lb. burger, chili, cherry peppers, andouille, onions, jack cheese, and... ANGER
  • The "Lair Of The Minotaur" - caramelized onions, pancetta, brie, bourbon-soaked pears
  • The "Insect Warfare" - panko-crusted goat cheese, bacon roasted corn and green chili medallion, topped with roasted corn, cilantro, green chili salsa and paprika creme fraiche
  • The "Black Sabbath" - blackening spice, chili, pepper jack, red onion
  • Or maybe just the House Burger, complete with a fried egg.
You get the idea.
So while you're flipping (and not pressing, please) that burger, dream up a little something out of the ordinary and say good-bye to summer with the sandwich equivalent of a 21-gun salute!
And while you're at it, take the groovy poll in the upper right; poll closes at noon on Wednesday the 8th of September - come back to Bite This! to see the results!


Jennifer said...

Hey lonesome! I looove a great burger. I can go veggie, buffalo, turkey, or just depends on what I have a taste for. I do love blue cheese on a burger and can't believe I haven't had one with blue cheese and bacon, ever! I really want to try that one with "anger" on it, lol!

Stephanie said...

mmm blue cheese on burgers is the best best best

Lonesome Road Studio said...

I secretly loooooooooooooove gorgonzola, best bleu cheese evah...


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